Friday, September 22, 2006

Palatal expansion appliance and baseball

This is what the device is called that was placed in Sean's mouth today. This device is mounted on the roof of his mouth. Once each day I have to use this small screwdriver looking mechanism to expand the "palatal expansion appliance". What does this mean? Slowly but surely we are breaking his upper jaw to become wider than it is so that it can accomodate all of his teeth properly. They are severely crowded and are in rows in some places. On the bottom he has a metal spacer that is expanding his lower jaw but doesn't require any adjusting and will just slowly do it's job on it's own. Brendan has the spacer on the top and bottom and doesn't require the palatal device that Sean has. Thank God. Neither of the boys can talk (at least not well enough that you can understand much of what they are saying) and they haven't been able to eat a single bit of food all day. Not even the fettuccini alfredo that we had for dinner. I ended up taking them to Steak & Shake to get a milkshake for dinner just so that they would have something in their stomachs. I feel badly for them but I know that in another day or two the pain will subside enough that they will be able to eat and talk. The good part about all of this is that since they aren't able to talk they are also not able to argue with one another! It'll be a nice break for a couple of days.

Baseball practice resumes tomorrow for both boys. It was supposed to start two weeks ago but with the amount of rain that we've had the fields have been flooded and the practices and games have been postponed. So there's a lot of catching up to do.

No comments: